Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, told members of Congress that he did not mirror former special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker’s support for having the US formally request Ukraine investigate Burisma, a natural gas company.
“I thought the idea of the Americans asking the Ukrainians to investigate a violation of Ukrainian law was a bad idea,” Taylor said. “But Kurt, for some reason, wanted to pursue that. And when he volunteered to take that question to (Deputy Assistant Attorney General) Bruce Swartz, that was fine with me.”
In his opening statement, Taylor said he gave Swartz’s name to Volker. But while answering questions from lawmakers, Taylor said Volker volunteered to reach out to Swartz.
About Burisma: Former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, sat on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company from May 2014 until April 2019.
Trump has claimed, without offering proof, that Joe Biden tried to have Ukraine's top prosecutor ousted in 2016 to stop investigations of Burisma, to benefit his son.
But the investigations did not produce any prosecutions, and there is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe Biden, nor that Hunter Biden himself was ever under investigation.